By Richard Leeman
This long-needed sourcebook assesses the original kinds and topics of extraordinary African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present--of forty three consultant public audio system, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The severe analyses of the oratory of a wide phase of other different types of public audio system reveal how they've got under pressure the old look for freedom, upheld American beliefs whereas condemning discriminatory practices opposed to African-Americans, and feature spoken in behalf of "black pride." This biographical dictionary with its evaluative essays, assets for extra examining, and speech chronologies is designed for wide interdisciplinary use via scholars, academics, activists, and basic readers in collage, college, institutional, and public libraries.
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Washington and Thurgood Marshall. Finally, one article examined African-American oratory more broadly, discussing the ‘‘Socio-Historical Perspectives of Black Oratory’’ (1970). Until very recently, however, the period 1967–71 represented the high-water mark (using the term very loosely) of the journals’ concern with African-American oratory. Rarely have even three articles devoted to the study of black oratory appeared in any given year; generally the number has been one or two. In the discipline’s journals, the most studied individual figure since 1971 has Page xiii been Barbara Jordan (four articles, of which three critiqued her keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention).
In the same year, Arthur L. Smith (Molefi K. Asante) published the first book that essayed a broad analytical framework for black rhetoric, although it focused specifically on black revolutionary rhetoric. In Rhetoric of Black Revolution, Asante examined the history, strategies, and topics of black revolutionary rhetoric and also discussed the nature of the black audience. While Boulware and Asante broke new ground with their volumes, the largest proportion of books published during these years were anthologies of African-American speeches, including Roy L.
She has long been considered the most influential African-American woman. , Frederick Douglass, and W. E. B. Du Bois as one of the most important African-American persons in history. MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE: THE TEACHER ORATOR Though Mary McLeod Bethune was not specifically known for her oratory, there were many organizations, causes, and institutions of which she was a part that owed their success to her support and to her speechmaking. In fact, she was probably one of the best-known black women speakers during her lifetime.
African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook by Richard Leeman